The Long Silent Retreat

For CSM Associates and all Friends of DeKoven

June 17-21, 2012

(Sunday evening at 5:00 through the Holy Eucharist and Brunch on Thursday)


the Rev. Brian Hastings, Rector, Church of our Saviour

Chicago, IL

Spiritual director and gifted retreat leader



It is DeKoven’s real pleasure that Father Brian will be conducting this important retrerat.  We know our “regulars” will be as glad for this announcement as we are to make it!  His meditations  will be new fruit of his own thought and prayer, and of course new fruit for our own.  One thing retreatants have found is that these hours under Father Brian’s guidance open the heart to God in ways sometimes surprising, but always welcome.


The ordered passing of the days creates a community of prayer that gathers everyone into the monastic pattern of Silence, Eucharist, Offices, and Prayer, a life-rhythm Father Brian knows well from his years as a Benedictine monk.  “I didn’t feel that I was called to leave the monastery,” Father Brian once said, “as that I was being called to live the monastic life in the world.”   Retreatants have also discovered that DeKoven itself seems to invite reflection, perhaps because of its long and prayerful history.  In June of course the grounds will be in full summer array for morning or evening walks, and the Lake is a perfect spot both for sunrise and evening star.


Special Reminder: For over half a century this retreat was sponsored by the Sisters. It is our oldest retreat, and most time-honored. This second year after their long hosting may be crucial.  For this reason, DeKoven especially asks that you make early reservation so that we know you are coming.  If you have a friend who would welcome the leisure and the spaciousness of these God-centered days, let us remind you that now is the time for an invitation!


Suggested donation: $300.00   Commuter rate and scholarship assistance available.


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